Temple Research Observatory (TRO) is currently located in Lexington, MO. From 2008 to the winter of 2017 it was located in New Mexico but in March of 2017 was moved to Missouri. TRO exists primarily to study variable stars and make measurements of their light.
Temple 28 is the main instrument. It is a Celestron 11″ CPC Schmidt-Cassegrain with a custom carbon fiber tube, modified mount and a SBIG ST-402 photometric mono CCD camera. Temple 28 is similar to the Wright 28 that was used for a number of years as one of the AAVSONET telescopes for the AAVSO. These are quality instruments with quality components.
One of the auxiliary scopes is Temple 20 an 8″ Meade LX200 GPS. The AR102 Refractor is currently running every clear night giving wide field images of variable star fields. . It was intended to be a grab and go scope but has become the main imaging scope using the SBIG ST-8E camera.
“The Beast” a 6″ refractor rounds out the serious instruments. “The Beast” is usually only brought out to image Mars and other planets. A 6″ refractor can provide good images of Mars or other objects. It is a “classic” refractor and very fun to use.
The two refractors share a Sirius mount controlled by a laptop. The AR102 is light and short, so it makes a better scope for the lighter Sirius mount. Just remember your best telescope is the one you use the most, and the one you use the most is usually the one that is easiest to set up!
On this website is a number of topics. Most are written from the perspective of an serious amateur astronomer. There are also some more advanced topics for those who have a more scientific bent. Enjoy your visit here!
Old Google Website! https://sites.google.com/site/researchobservatory/paul-temple